Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
To say that the Piece Goods, Notions and Other Apparel Wholesaling industry has declined over the five years to 2013 would be an understatement. Rising import penetration has displaced the downstream demand for buttons, zippers and yard fabric from domestic distributors to international manufacturers. Additionally, wholesale bypass, which is the trend of downstream buyers sourcing directly from manufacturers to cut expenses, has constrained wholesalers' function in the domestic supply chain and eliminated many operators. Although the recovering economy will help the industry somewhat, these adverse trends are anticipated to continue in the coming years... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
In the United States, piece goods, notions and other apparel wholesalers are primarily concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic (31.4% of industry establishments) and the West (30.5%) regions. Within these respective regions, New York and California hold the largest share of industry establishments. The two coasts are prime locations due to their proximity to key domestic and international markets. Although trade data is recorded at the manufacturing level, wholesalers often provide the supply chain link that engages with international buyers. California and New York are home to some of the United States' largest seaports, a factor that makes them ideal locations for piece goods wholesalers.
Downstream apparel manufacturers are also located in these two areas... purchase to read more